For the past 2 years now I have seen retrenchment rearing its ugly head. The anxieties caused by the uncertainties that it brings is heart wrenching. It is a normal progression in one’s life to start a family when he or she feels secure and safe enough. We all know very well how difficult it is to maintain and nurture a good family. When one loses a source of income, imagine the amount of stress it would cause not only to the individual affected but his or her family as well.
As much as it is interesting to be living in this era when we get to “see it all”, it is also one of the most challenging of times. We boast about technology all the time and how its disruptions can affect all of us.
That is when I get a little confused to be honest.
What sets humans and animals apart is our ability to innovate and find solutions to complex problems. We learn that in the wild, chimpanzees are able to find solutions by using things around them as tools.
Taking a step back and looking at technology as nothing but a myriad selection of tools, I feel that it should ease our lives significantly. In other words, we should be efficient and effective using these tools and at the same time improve our living conditions especially time for ourselves and our family. But with smartphones and broadband, it seems that it is not the case. Instead of having better lives with information at our finger tips, we are finding ourselves being overwhelmed by the demands of work whenever we receive an email at any time and day of the week. There is a great need for an instant response these days and children are kept preoccupied with devices even during meal times.
I cannot help but to see a very uncertain future. So much so that it reminds me of the movie The Terminator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. I can now imagine how this world might be taken over by the machines and humans end up fighting them in resistance. If you think about it, with the dawn of autonomous cars, we are in fact heading towards that direction.
My question is, if all these advancements are for the betterment of our lives, what would the currency of the world be in the future?
If advanced technologies can take over all our jobs, are we expected to sit idle without a source of income? And how then do we enjoy the technological advancements that promise an ideal and convenient life – we need money to buy a robot as domestic helper, no?
Will food be readily available for free on the shelves since robots can produce them without cost?
Will cost of goods be a thing of the past?
I cannot imagine the hardship people go through feeling helpless and hopeless without a purpose and sense of achievement through utilizing their unique talents. I believe that we really need to rethink and redefine how we approach technology as a tool to assist us instead of being enslaved by our addiction, dependence, and reliance on it.
Lest, we end up being reduced to nothing but a binary number – Dead (0) or Alive (1).